Gone are the days when modest swimwear was dowdy and embarassing, or looked like it was from the 1920's (maybe it's retro). If you prefer stylish modest swimming clothes over skinny swimsuits you can still look good and have a lot of fun, possibly even more.
Breathable, lightweight clothes are becoming popular as modest swimwear. The comfy swim clothes on this page cost very little, avoid sunburn, feel pleasant in the water, and dry quickly in the breeze after your swim.
Matching anorak and pants make this a practical outfit on land or in the water. Combine different tops and bottoms for a new look every day. This swimsuit packs into a small pocket that you can take anywhere, just in case you fancy a swim or other fun in the sun.
You can find these generic suits in the adventure or rain wear section of good sports shops or department stores. Check also the boating, golf or hiking sections. You can sometimes buy them cheaply in the local markets, even second hand. Cost ca. €20 to 40.
Tops with no zip or just a short zip are better, as long zips add bulk.
They are a bit easier to swim in.
Some suits have a zipped chest pocket so you can keep a locker key or small change in it.
Several new manufacturers have launched a sun safe collection of elegant modest swimwear for Christian and Muslim women,
made from modern fabrics like polycottons and Lycra.
Not Much For Men
Modest swimwear is the norm in most of Asia. From Pakistan up to Korea and all the way to Indonesia local people swim in clothes. Modesty is one reason, the other is that they don't want a tan and look like they work in the rice fields.
As a polite traveller you do well by following these customs out of respect for their traditions. This will be much appreciated by the locals.
Look out for a soft breathable fabric. Most suits are made of a silky soft nylon or polyester fabric. The better ones are made of windproof Pertex, also very soft. The fabric should be quick drying and breathable. When used as modest swimwear waterproof is not important, so focus more on the feel and fit of the fabric.
Apart from the right fabric, a good fit is very important.
Arms and legs should be your normal size, not too long or short.
Your modest swimsuit should be loose fitting to feel good.
Too loose and it gets in the way,
too tight and it restricts your swimming movements or may rip.
Modest swimsuits are a comfortable alternative to traditional sun screen products. They remain wearable after you've been in the water and feel pleasant as they dry in the breeze. A wet swimsuit with loose fit keeps you cool on hot days with good air circulation due to the loose fit.
Muslim women may enjoy these modest hooded suits.
People in Asia don't want to get a tan, as it looks common and downmarket,
so these sun suits provide a great solution for playing on the beach and in the water.
If you have sensitive skin, you may want a hooded sun suit,
which provides protection for the head, no need to carry a hat which could get lost.